Having lived down in Southampton for a few years it’s always nice to see their players move on and do well, unless you end up on the white side of North London then you’ll be forgotten about for a long time. (Wanyama). But there’s not shortages of former saints becoming gunners and not kicking on from there. Some you could even say are in limbo about right now. But this is a new story for someone who is new to the club. So, let’s go from some previous saints who have made the move.
Theo Walcott, aged sixteen Theo joined us in January 2006. Having impressed for the saints; fans weren’t expectations were mixed from the familiar ring of who is this? To he could be the new Henry. At this time Theo was seen as a striker. Theo eventually left the Arsenal for Everton. A case of what could’ve been with mass amount of injuries limiting his playing time. Still will be looked on with good memories from FA cup goals to making John Terry slip in the 5-3 and even showing our noisy neighbours the score.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, what could’ve been. After moving from Southampton, the fans had another who is he moment. At times he was able to prove what a great player he could be being able to play both on the wings and central midfield when needed to. But again, injuries hindered his chances and decided to move. It looks for the better but at the time it was a bit laughable for Liverpool to pay around thirty-five million for his services now they are reaping the rewards.
Calum Chambers, another young talent that we signed from the Saints. He’s had a tough time, let’s be honest having been loaned out twice to relegation battlers Middlesbrough and Fulham. He has also shown some versatility being played as a defensive midfielder, right back and central defence. The judgement on him is very mixed but to be honest I think he is a useful player that we have and provides great cover but is yet to prove he is ready to be a first choice. Then again as he’s injured currently next season could be his most vital in the Arsenal shirt.
Now we know the history what has changed? Firstly, Cedric is an older player joining us at the later stages of his career. Secondly, he comes with Premier League experience and being involved in the demands of European cup competitions. Thirdly he has 33 caps for Portugal, helping hiss country become European Champions last time out, in 2016. Fourthly, he is playing for a contract as his expires in the summer.
A big plus you could say is that there’s not been a real right back cover for a while or anyone that has really threatened Bellerin (sorry Jenkinson). The question remains why wasn’t this a priority in the summer? As much as you can like Maitland-Niles he can’t stress enough that he doesn’t like playing there but has only done it to benefit the team and possibly his own personal development.
Cedric joined the south coast club in 2015 being originally from Sporting Lisbon. Overall, he has made one hundred and twenty appearances for the Saints. Played a total of twenty Europa/Champions League matches and has a strong card record of six one yellows and once being red carded in his whole career. The only downside? Would probably that he has scored less then five goals in his entire career. (according to Transfermarkt)
So even if other fans think it’s temporary, or because of a lack of funding or any other excuse under the sun. We have managed to strengthen a position in which we were lacking. Why it has taken so long to happen, is something that can only be answered by those involved. But then again, it’ll be typical Arsenal to not go a deadline day without bringing players in. I just can’t wait to see him in action again and hope he doesn’t turn into another unsuccessful loanee.
A football lover from an early age, who began to support Arsenal in my early years. I never got to go to Highbury to see any games or even the tour, something I wished I was able to do. I play disability football as well and appreciate the support that the Arsenal Foundation has given the local community, which I have raised money for previously.